Meet the Mets
After being criticized by some local radio personalities regarding his decision to go on paternity leave, Daniel Murphy yesterday spoke with the media regarding the "controversy."
Bobby Parnell's chances at avoiding Tommy John surgery to deal with the torn ligament in his pitching arm? 50-50.
Anthony Rieber at Newsday reminds us that the Mets are facing a very difficult schedule in April. He still believes the team can finish around .500 even after a difficult start.
According to Sandy Alderson, the Mets will occasionally pitch some of their triple-A starters out of the bullpen "in a controlled way" in order to manage their innings. Noah Syndergaard is one such triple-A starter, although he is still expected to be a starting pitcher in his MLB debut.
Josh Lewin is celebrating his return to the Mets radio booth with his fans... by buying them all a drink at McFadden's after this Saturday's game!
Around the NL East
The Mets aren't the only team in their division with a horrible bullpen. Philly's has been just as bad, and it's way more expensive, too.
Around the Majors
Ted Berg discusses the possibility of Mike Trout becoming the best baseball player of all time. I hope he hasn't reached his peak yet, but it's hard to imagine him playing much better than he has in his first two MLB seasons.
Veteran umpire Tim McClelland is going to be out for the season due to back surgery. He's not yet sure if he'll resume his 31-year umpiring career in 2015.
Sean Rodriguez is going to make like Murphy and go on paternity leave. Somehow I don't think the New York media will care about this one, but it is Rodriguez's fourth child with his wife Giselle. At age 28, that's pretty impressive.
Not everyone is a fan of Chief Wahoo in Cleveland. Several Indians fans have been removing the icon from their merchandise because of its offensive nature. The team hasn't said anything publicly, but it has quietly been phasing out the chief over past few years in favor of the less controversial block "C."
Yesterday at AA
Rob Castellano posted a fun poll so that fans can vote on their favorite Mets minor leaguer to watch this season.
Paul Goebel interviewed Dwight Gooden!